Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mood Swings: Eastern Wild Turkey

Some birds change plumage for different seasons.  Many species change their appearance considerable between breeding and non-breeding plumage.  The eastern wild turkey gobblers do not change plumage however they most certainly do change appearance when the mood strikes them.
A Eastern Wild Turkey gobbler stares down the lens. 
Some of the gobbler's bright colors can be seen in this capture. 
But it is only when a gobbler is in full strut that he fully displays his patriotic colors.

The blurry forms of other gobblers can be seen in the background of this close-up shot.

Although we are now experiencing the coldest temperatures of the winter, the gobblers are already anticipating the upcoming spring mating season.


Jessica Allen said...

WOW! These captures are gorgeous, Coy!

I could look at these for hours. Truly!

Beautiful (well, your photography...not so much the bird)! ;)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful shots of this colorful fellow.

Elaine said...

Fantastic closeups of the gobblers!

Montanagirl said...

I am in tota awe of your Turkey photos!